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By LARRY CHAMBERS
When the new Grayson Highlands School opened for the 2010-2011 school year, there was something missing — a playground.
But, there were plans in the works for a playground once all the details were worked out and the money could be secured.
The school's parent-teacher organization got behind the project and, although it took more than a year to become a reality, the new playground was opened Sept. 12.
Third graders got their turn first to try out the swings, slide and other pieces of equipment. Judging from the look on their faces and listening to comments, the playground is a success.
PTO President Rhonda Halsey — a school resource officer and deputy for the Grayson County Sheriff's Department — said the equipment was moved from the closed Bridle Creek Elementary School.
The equipment was sanded and repainted to look brand new.
Now that the playground is open, the PTO will set its sights on getting a ball field, concession stand and another playground to serve the other side of the school.
Halsey said Bobby Lane of The Lane Group, an engineering firm, was working on plans for future projects. "He donated his services because he has two grandsons who attend the school."